While I don't expect to get rich from my sewing projects, nor do I want to get rich, it would be nice to be able to sell some of my creations to at least cover the costs of the hobby itself. I know Etsy is an option, but the whole shipping thing turns me off right now. I'm sure I'll get over that aspect eventually and open a page, but in the meantime I thought I'd try some local venues as outlets for my creations. Missoula is a community that's proud to promote locally made products and I figure why not try going local, myself, first.
Today I took a set of four 2-sided napkins (pictured below) into a local shop that I've patronized in the past. This shop lives up to its description as "a fun funky shop" and I think my napkins might stand a chance there. They already sell locally crocheted dishcloths and scrubbers, and they carry a fun selection of kitchen and dining room accessories. Since I have nothing to lose, I thought it'd be worth a shot to take a creation of mine in to see if they'd be interested in selling them on consignment.
The owner of the shop wasn't there and wouldn't be in until the time of my uke lesson, and since I couldn't wait I left my creation with the lady running the store. She sounded interested in what I had to offer, which is better than someone turning their nose up at it and sounding bored by my offering. After all, they don't have anything else in the shop like it, and that's a good thing to me. And really, they have nothing to lose either because they would only pay me when the napkins sell, which is fine with me. She gave me the owner's name and number, and told me when the best time to call would be, so Monday afternoon I'll be giving the owner a call to see what she thinks. There are a few other shops that I'd like to hit up and leave samples with, but I had to start somewhere and this is the shop I chose to start with. So, we'll see.